What can we do about diversity and inclusion?

25 Jul 2020

Santos, D. D.

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Diversity and inclusion: two words that have rightly gained prominence recently. But how many of us really understand what they mean? And how do we ensure that we do more than just pay lip service and actually translate these words into action?

It’s not about how many people you invite to a party, but how many you get up to dance

Diversity is about how wide a range of different people are present; inclusion is about how well people feel they fit in, are valued and can succeed. It’s not about how many people you invite to a party, but rather how many of them you get up to dance. The concepts are distinct but interlinked.

Currently, we are not a diverse profession: overwhelmingly female, disproportionately privately educated and only 3.5 per cent of colleagues are from black or other minority ethnic backgrounds. But why does diversity matter?...